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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 21, 2013

Idol series, one of several television shows that give formerly unknown persons an opportunity to become stars. The Idol series began in the United Kingdom and has since spread around the world – AustraliaSingaporeCanadaFranceGermanyIndia, the United StatesDenmarkNorwaythe NetherlandsFinlandSwedenSouth AfricaWest African countriesIndonesia, and many other countries. Japanese idol, a heavily promoted and merchandised singer or actor,a model that will later heavily influence the conception of “Idol” in Other Asian countries Pop Culture (Such as: Hong Kong,South KoreaTaiwanSingapore …).

Simon Cowell was given the role of judge on the first series of Pop Idol in the UK by then ITV Controller of Entertainment Claudia Rosencrantz in 2001, he was then judge on the first season of American Idol in 2002. With his notoriously critical reputation, Cowell is likened to TV personalities such as Judith Sheindlin and Anne Robinson. Cowell also appeared on the one-off World Idol programme in 2003, where it became clear that each country’s version of the Idol had attempted to come up with its own “Simon Cowell” type personality. In 2003, Cowell placed No 33 on Channel 4‘s list of the all-time 100 Worst Britons. Cowell’s S Records signed the top two finishers of the first season of Pop IdolWill Young and Gareth Gates, both of whom went on to have No 1 UK hits. Efforts begun in 2001 materialised in 2004, when Cowell returned to his group manufacturing roots with his latest brainchild, the internationally successful operatic pop group Il Divo, consisting of three opera singers and one pop singer of four different nationalities. Inspired by the success of Il Divo, Simon created a child version, Angelis, beating competition from many similar groups emerging at Christmas 2006.

On 11 January 2010, Cowell’s exit from American Idol was made official. The 2010 season was Cowell’s last on the show. It was also announced that FOX had acquired the rights to The X Factor USA, an American version of Cowell’s popular British show, The X Factor, which began in September 2011.

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Personality: Prabal Gurung

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 12, 2012

Prabal Gurung launched his first collection under his own name during New York Fashion Week in February 2009 at the FLAG Art Foundation in Chelsea. For Fall 2010, he staged his first runway show in the Tents at Bryant Park. Gurung’s designs have been worn by Michelle Obama, Demi Moore, Zoe Saldana and Oprah Winfrey. Gurung resides in New York City.

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Top Chinese Security Official Sounds Warning about Economic Imbalances

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 5, 2011


Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, casts his ballot at a voting booth in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 8, 2011 (Photo: Lan Hongguang / Xinhua / Zuma)

As labor unrest continues to bubble in China’s export-oriented manufacturing regions, a top Chinese official has warned the country needs to improve its means of handling the harmful side-effects of its market economy. In comments published Saturday, politburo member and security boss Zhou Yongkang told provincial officials that the country’s economic development was causing imbalances and gaps in wealth between both regions and individuals. While China’s economy is a source of vitality and power, “it can also cause great harm to society’s ethics and trust,” he said, according to a report in the state-run Legal Daily. (Here’s the Legal Daily piece in Chinese, and a shorter English report from the state-run Xinhua news service.)

Zhou comments come as China faces increasing economic headwinds. Last week China’s official purchasing manager index, a measure of manufacturing demand, fell to its lowest point since February 2009. The PMI hit 49, which is significant as any number below 50 indicates a contraction. The latest official service sector PMI number, which was released Saturday, and a similar figure from HSBC issued Monday were both down as well. Last week the government loosened banks’ reserve ratio requirement, which should help stimulate the economy by freeing up some $55 billion in liquidity. That comes after months of tightening, and offers a strong signal that the government believes slowing growth is now a bigger concern than inflation.

At the same time, further reports of labor unrest emerged last week. In Shanghai workers at the Singapore-owned Hi-P International electronics factory went on strike last week over plans to lay off workers and move the factory, the Associated Press reported. That follows labor unrest in factory towns in Guangdong province late last month. It can be difficult to gauge the extent of strikes in China. The size of the country means that workers are invariably taking action somewhere, regardless of the overall economic picture. And not all strikes are reported, but sometimes, as during labor disputes at several foreign-owned factories in 2010, the high-profile nature of the companies, including Honda, ensured widespread attention. Read the rest of this entry »

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US mily to stay in Pacific to counter China: Panetta

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 26, 2011

Bali (Indonesia)—US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta assured anxious Asian allies that the U.S. will maintain its large military presence in the Pacific as a counterweight to China, despite mounting pressure at home to cut spending.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta at a news conference during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence ministers’ meeting ion Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on Sunday.

China’s military buildup and aggressive posture in the South China Sea has become a growing U.S. concern, officials say.

But in his first trip to Asia as Pentagon chief, Mr. Panetta appeared to tone down his rhetoric, praising Beijing’s muted response to a recent U.S. arms deal with Taiwan and voicing confidence that a closer bilateral relationship can be forged despite deep mistrust on both sides.

Mr. Panetta’s promise to “strengthen our presence in this part of the world” was part of what officials described as a “realignment” of U.S. interests.

As American forces withdraw from Iraq this year and Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the U.S. will be able to expand its diplomatic and military influence deeper into Southeast Asia and the Pacific, officials said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another Chinese foundation plans to raise $ 3b to make Lumbini ‘magnet for Buddhists’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2011

Months after plans of a Chinese private sector company to invest Rs 8 billion to develop Lumbini as an International

Buddha Center hogged media headlines there comes news that a Chinese-backed foundation is planning to raise $ 3 billion to help Nepal develop Buddha’s birthplace.

According to Reuters, the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation plans to raise the aforesaid amount at home and abroad “to build temples, an airport, a highway, hotels, convention centres and a Buddhist university in the town of Lumbini.”

Interestingly, UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is the vice-chairman of the foundation which aims to transform Lord Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal “into a magnet for Buddhists in the same way as Mecca is to Muslims and the Vatican for Catholics”, the report adds.

The foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Nepal government last month to jointly develop and operate Lumbini.

According to the report, the foundation also pledged to bring communications, water and electricity to Lumbini.

“Lumbini will transcend religion, ideology and race. We hope to rejuvenate the spirit of Lord Buddha,” Xiao Wunan, a devout Buddhist who is executive vice president of the foundation, told the news agency.

The development of Lumbini will also help boost government revenues, create jobs and improve infrastructure in the impoverished corner of Nepal, the report cited the memorandum as stating. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quantum theory survives latest challenge

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 15, 2010

Since quantum mechanics was first formulated, a string of physicists including Albert Einstein have been

Putting Leggett's inequality to the test

uncomfortable with the idea of entanglement – whereby a group of quantum particles have a closer relationship than allowed by classical physics. As a result, some physicists have proposed alternative theories that allow such close relationships without the need for quantum mechanics. While it has been difficult to test these theories, researchers in the UK have used “twisted light” to make an important measurement that backs up quantum theory.

Quantum theory seems foreign to our everyday experience because it defies our idea of “realism” – the expectation that objects have definite properties whether we’re looking at them or not. Quantum theory also seems to call for entities that can instantly react to an event occurring elsewhere – apparently defying the principle of locality, which forbids communication faster than the speed of light.

These oddities were expressed mathematically by the physicist John Bell in his famous inequality. Bell showed that a particular combination of measurements performed on identically prepared pairs of particles would produce a numerical bound (or inequality) that is satisfied by all physical theories that obey realism and locality. He also showed, however, that this bound is violated by the predictions of quantum physics for entangled particle pairs. Read the rest of this entry »

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